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Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Arts & Entertainment finalists

Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Arts & Entertainment finalists

For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the leading vote-getters and then vote again for your favorite galleries, theaters and entertainments in metro Denver. And the results of the first round are in! Keep reading to uncover the five finalists that you, the readers, have selected for the Arts & Entertainment categories on this year's Readers' Poll. And know this: You still have the chance to change the results. Just get out the vote!

See also:

- Best of Denver Readers' Poll 2013: The Food & Drink finalists

- Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Shopping & Services finalists

- Vote in the 2013 Best of Denver Readers' Poll

The finalists listed below are by no means shoe-ins -- meaning that in the next (and final) round of voting, you can either vote for your favorite finalist or start over with a completely different entry. The final deadline for online voting is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at which point we'll close the poll and calculate the results one last time. You'll be able to read both the Westword and Readers' Poll winners when our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands on March 28.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of the first-round finalists in the comments section below. And don't forget to vote!

Best new book by a Colorado author:

Tenth of December by George Saunders

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

East of Denver by Gregory Hill

Taft 2012 by Jason Heller

Water: A Vic Bengston Investigation by Richard J. Schneider

Best new festival:

Phibstock

Festivus

Chef N' Brew

Summer Grind

Snowball

Best annual festival:

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Great American Beer Festival

Taste of Colorado

Tour de Fat

Beer, Bacon and Coffee Festival

Best arts district:

Santa Fe

RiNo

Cherry Creek

Tennyson

South Broadway

Best new public art:

Colorado map at History Colorado

David Choi murals

DCPA

Arvada Art of the State

Mike Whiting Metal pixel rhino

Best unofficial new public art:

Banksy on Santa Fe

Graffiti on Matchbox

The purple witch on Colfax

Robots at Pablo's on Penn

TiredPirate stickers

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Best public art at DIA:

"Mustang "

Leo Tanguma murals

"America: Why I love Her"

Patty Ortiz airplane display

Gargoyles

Best museum exhibit:

Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum

Denver A to Z at the History Colorado Center

A Day in Pompeii at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Denver Diorama at the History Colorado Center

Best museum shop:

Denver Art Museum

History Colorado Center

Denver Zoo

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

MCA Denver

Best gallery show -- solo:

TiredPirate at the Art Salon

Kevin Hennessy

Knew Conscious

Sally Stockhold

Scott Sheridan

Best gallery show -- group:

Redline

History Colorado

Robischon

Swapmeet: Artpace and the Dikeou Collection

Unibrow at Unit E

Best theater season:

Boulder's Dinner Theater

Bunport

Arvada Center

Denver Center for Performing

Curious Theater

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Best free entertainment:

Jazz in the Park

First Friday on Santa Fe

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

16th Street Mall

Louisville Street Fair

Best reality-TV star from Colorado:

Mondo

Tierra

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Tyler Waird

Jenna Johansen

Best film festival:

Starz Denver Film Festival

Boulder Film Festival

Aspen Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival

Mile High Horror

Best movie theater -- food and drink:

Mayan

Landmark Greenwood Village

Cinnbarre

Sie FilmCenter

Century Lakewood Belmar 16

Best movie theater -- programming:

Esquire

Mayan

Landmark Greenwood Village

Cinnbarre

Sie FilmCenter

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Best movie theater -- comfort:

United Artists Colorado Center 9

Sie FilmCenter

Mayan

UA Denver Pavilions 15

Hollywood Theaters SouthGlenn

Best theater production:

The Book of Mormon

Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Cult Following at The Jones

Byers Evans House Museum Theater

Best comedy night:

Fridays at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

Comedy Works

The Grawlix

Wednesdays at Deer Pile

Denver Improv

Best roller-derby skater:

Afterburner

Gator Dunn

The Terrible Suz

Suri Brawl

Shadow Cat

Best burlesque night:

Lannie's Clocktower

3 Kings Tavern

Bar Standard

Naughty Pierre's Burlesque & Comedy Extravaganza

Charlie's

It's your turn to weigh in! Vote for one of these finalists -- or any other favorite -- in the second (and final) round of the Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll.



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